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and live coverage of the u.s. senate. they are scheduled to work on annual federal spending. >> this weekend six republican presidential candidates travel to the iowa state and freedom coalition candidate forum. watch live coverage of herman cain, newt gingrich and rick santorum and governor rick perry and representative ron paul and michele bachman starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern saturday on c-span's road to the white house. >> at the heritage foundation the defense department general counsel j. johnson -- jeh johnson talk about legal treatment of detainees and the pentagon's operation to parts of the programs bill regarding the detention of suspected terrorists. the house passed that bill earlier this year. this is just over an hour. and >> thank you for joining us. it is my privilege to welcome everyone to our auditorium. and welcome those who join us on our heritage.org web site on the occasions. i would ask everyone if you would be so kind as to check your cellphone one last time to see that they're turned off as we proceed with the program. mustaf and a camera crew will
deeply to us here in the united states because our country has no bigger more important economic relationship than we have with europe. while the direct exposure of the u.s. financial system to the most vulnerable countries in europe is limited, we have substantial trade and investment tries with europe and european stability matters greatly for american exporters and for american jobs. already the crisis has slowed growth significantly in europe and around the world as increased uncertainty and red e reduced risk appetite, undermine business and consumer confidence and reduced household wealth. there are downside risk to the outlook for the u.s. economy and job creation. it is vitally important to the united states that europe is able to address its issues effectively and in a timely fashion. for this reason the administration has closely engaged with european leaders to encourage them to move forward in an effective way. at the same time, our supervisors have for some time been working closely with the u.s. financial institutions to identify risks and to improve their ability
, listen to us at 90.1 fm. across the country on xm satellite radio channel 119. and on our iphone and blackberry apps. c-span radio, another public service created by the nation's cable television industry and now in our 15th year. >> the senate finance committee yesterday approved free trade agreements with south korea, panama and colombia setting the stage for votes in the full house and senate later today. supporters expect the trade deals to boost u.s. exports by $13 billion a year. this markup meeting is an hour. >> the meeting will come to order. the committee will come to order to consider bills to implement three trade agreements, the united states, colombia promotion agreement, the united states panama trade promotion agreement and the united states korea trade agreement. and appoint three nominees michael punke ambassador of the world trade organization, islam siddiqui to be chief agriculture negotiator at the office of the u.s. trade representative and paul piquado to be assistant secretary of commerce and david johansson to be a member of the united states interna
are going to bangladesh already with the cost of chinese labor going up. china uses its currency manipulation against our topnotch manufacturers. the large companies say nothing because most of them have plants in china so they can get around it. but middle and small-sized manufacturers are up against this wall and are desperate for our help. one manufacturer in upstate new york makes a very advanced product that deals with cleaning pollutants as they go through a power system. it's a topnotch product. and this manufacturer employs a couple of hundred people in upstate new york. said to me china is stealing my stuff even though i have patents and other things on it. they're stealing the method biby we do that. i could live with that if they just sold the stuff in china. we're not big enough to export all around the world. but what they do is not only do they steal our intellectual property on this, but then they come back and sell it in america at a 30% discount because of currency manipulation. he said how am i going to compete with that? there's story after story after story ju
to answer what you made a pitch for the nominee former attorney general to be confirmed. 44 of us have sent a letter, you're very familiar with, to the president's biggest and i think you said to me to spend if i could finish. we haven't heard one word about that, asking for some modifications to this. it's not the nominee. i think the nominee as far as i know is probably well-qualified, very honorable, very smart man. but we are waiting for that dialogue, and i hope we hear from you. but short of that i think the nominee is not going anywhere. but i want an answer to that. go ahead. >> i understand your position and we received that message. you've been very clear about it and you have a pretty powerful show of strength. i would just encourage you to reconsider because i think that -- >> we hope you would reconsider, u.n. the president, changing three modest things in the dodd-frank bill. if you do i'm sure we'll have a good piece of legislation, at least a better peace. and we'll go from there. but short of that i don't believe that we are moving that nomination. >> i'm always optimistic.
the great work the gao led us to take steps. the more that we can continue that feedback k feedback, that program will be better off. ..ave five days to submit statements and questions for the record. after we hear from our witnesses individual members will be recognized for five minutes each for questions and i now recognize myself five minutes for my opening statement. two weeks ago for expert witnesses testified in this hearing room. to experts explained in an insurgency is raging along our southern border. the effort to focus on the fact that violence and crime in mexico have taken a unique term and the u.s. response has not followed. all agree the situation has evolved and fragment into violent criminal control over parts of mexico. it is clear that today mexico represents a unique situation requiring the development of its own specific classifications to successfully combat the authority of this expanding criminal control. today i will continue to make the case that mexico is facing a criminal insurgency. the attack on the state are clear. the criminal organizations are captur
in iran, if it actually uses its bully pulpit to challenge the regime, to challenge the regime on its internal oppression it actually can encourage change and reinforces to the people inside, psychologically. when we don't do that, i think we send signals to the regime that we don't really care. some iranian diplomats who have defected have made it crystal clear to folks that when they would write their tables back home and around the americans and europeans would come and see them and to talk about only one thing. they would talk about the nuclear program. so what do those diplomats right back home? they'll care about anything else. that's a mistake. >> the thing i would add is we know how to do this propaganda. we have a history, of having to effectively. we did it somewhat effectively countering the soviet union propaganda but it does take, it does take authorities. it takes resources. and perseverance to do it. >> may i suggest it easier these days because of social networking to be even more effective. >> very much so. in my statement i said we certainly should be targeting iran
dold. -- for grease. yesterday the debt crisis could affect the u.s. economy. witnesses including analysts from the brookings institution and the american enterprise institute. this is an hour. >> i would like to welcome our witnesses. mr. peter >> peter rashish is with the chamber of commerce and lead the team focusing on advancing the economic and commercial relationships that exist between the united states and european union in developing new opportunities in emerging markets. desmond lachman talk about the global currency issues and development and lending agencies. desmond lachman served as deputy director to the imf and review department and in this role he was active in formulation of imf policies. he has written extensively on global economic crisis and the u.s. dollar and strength of the european area. doug elliott talks about issues surrounding private financial institutions. he was investment banker for two decades with j. p. morgan. he was principal researcher for the center of federal financial institutions. i would like to welcome you today. peter rashish has the be
from tennessee and i futilely tried earlier this year and maybe calmed things down -- is maybe use this flash point to try to come together and work that out again. that may be the -- that maybe the minority would not filibuster routinely everything, appointments, judges, minor bills, save it for the major bills, and in return i agree with the minority leader, the republican leader, the deal around this place is the majority sets the agenda and the minority gets to offer amendments. that has been the rule since i got here and it's one of the reasons, you're absolutely correct i say to my friend from kentucky, why i left the house to run for the senate, but it's gotten to an extreme. you would say, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle would say it got to the extreme because we always fill the tree. we would say it got to the extreme because you filibuster everything and require 60 votes. we only have 53, we know that, on everything, judges, appointments, minor bills. and if we're going to bring this place back to order -- and my friend from tennessee, the junior senator from
, you are slammed to the ground. that is part of the deal. use lan the guy down so his head has to hit the ground. which is often hard. there are so many ways in football to see how are a revenge it or just a mean player who is famous for that and loves it and gets endorsement because of that, commercial endorsements. soccer is extremely brutal, exhausting, on a huge field where there is usually three or four goals scored and that is it. thinking about it myself, watched a lot of it because of that 1980 triumph. it is hitting the ball. or because i don't think -- you probably are slammed down to the ground or tripped up. a lot of tripping up, deliberately tricked into up. does that mean the head hits? i don't know but what are some of the ways it was ranked no. 3? what are some of the ways that concussions come about the other -- if it is heading the ball is it heading from any part of your head? >> concussions come about a lot of ways while playing soccer. heading the ball tends to be relatively safe if you use your forehead. concussions come when you hit with the top of your head mos
games and to use it for open space. the leveraging of funds for that stadium alone was 200,000 -- $200 million toward development of that private money. so the leveraging of funds against the brownfield's money is ten-fold. for every dollar spent we end up receiving more money for the development of the area. in the area right now we have housing going up. jobs have been created at the hotel. 45 full time positions. that site laid fallow over 30 years so once where you had a fenced site on a water front, you now have a hotel that is thriving and welcoming and has contributed tax revenue and major jobs in an area so lacking in jobs at the moment. we also had the opportunity to work with the town of carney to put up a senior affordable senior housing. in the town unfortunately there was no opportunity for affordable senior housing. now seniors do not have to leave the town that they love in order to live the rest of their lives, they now have a place where they can go and call their own that is a beautiful situation. it has a view of new york city. when you was there at night it's not un
the president's criteria and your criteria are the right criteria. let us focus on removing those people who are a threat to our nation. that should be the highest priority. it will not include these college graduates desperate to go to work and make this a better nation. i hope you will continue along this line on an expedited basis. last night you may have seen or heard about the front line program. >> i heard about it. >> went into detail about the immigration detention facilities. it focused on a number of them. particularly on the wellesley detention center in texas. are learned a lot about this situation as i followed this program. some 90% of those who were detained under civil charges, not criminal charges, do not have benefit of counsel. the due process requirements are very limited on their behalf and many times they are in facilities that are privatized. private businesses -- it has become acute industry. it is about $1.7 billion a year that your agency spends on immigration detention facilities. there was an aspect of this program that was particularly troubling. part of the prog
objection to letting us get those questions submitted to you? >> no, i would welcome it. >> thank you. a couple of questions. vice president biden said the $20 billion is a floor, not a ceiling. is that correct? >> that is correct. >> let's just rounded up, $6 billion. how much do you think before august the 2013, based on the trends you have seen thus far, how much you think you will exhaust? >> i would be reluctant congressman to take an estimate of that, but i remind you as you know, that $20 billion is used for purposes other than the gulf coast claims facility. local cleanup costs come out of the 20 billion, government claims that are being paid in alabama by bp comes out of the 20 billion. so i can't venture a guess as to how much the total amount will be that will be spent. i would like to think that the 20 billion would be adequate to compensate eligible claims, but bp has made it clear that if 20 billion is not enough, they will honor all additional financial obligations. >> you also indicated that you were independent of bp. your quote in july 2010, i work with the people of
questions initially. when dealing with the complexity of the environment with a foreign contractor or u.s. contractors or both. >> dealing with both but we did not deal with domestic non war contractors. we wanted strong reformers but for overseas contract in, techniques that reduced the procedure but we were not trying to impose them on on wartime contracts. >> did you have recommendations on this? this brief report -- recommendations on how to resolve that because it is not just an issue to deal with but government-wide, suspension and debarment issues we had on the complexity of the process and recommendations out of this as well. >> there are several. i will name one which was inappropriate cases it should be possible to suspend or d bar on a documentary record without holding a mini trial as required domestically. we have seen instances where it is impossible to pull together witnesses from afghanistan to do a suspension trial. >> to elaborate. with your permission. when i served on this committee i was stunned by the rights we give contractors when they work with the government. eve
intradiction work in the region, particularly puerto rico. many experts, include k the u.s. attorney in miami recognized as the federal government curtails the flow of drugs across the southwest border, drug trafficking organizations are turning to the caribbean as an alternate means to get their product to users in the u.s.. according to estimates to my office, approximately 80% of the south american cocaine arriving in port puerto rico is subsequently transimportanted in the u.s. mainland and 20% of cocaine that remains in puerto rico for consumption is primary cause for unacceptably high number of murders. you share my view from the federal government's per peck spiff, the death of an american citizen in puerto rico is of no less consequence be it florida, new york, or any other state. i have made several high profile drug arrests over the past year. there's component agencies not devoting sufficient resources to address the surge in drug trafficking in puerto rico. i thus have a couple questions for you. first, how has dhs responded to the balloon effect that i just describes whereby drug
is under the operational control of the border patrol. nearly 450,000 illegal immigrants enter the u.s. each year. meanwhile mexican drug cartels are out of control and threatens to spill over into the u.s.. the administration needs to do more to secure the borders and protect the american people. some have claimed what are supposedly the largest number of renewals in history however even president obama said the statistics put out by dhs r. kunkel, a little deceptive and a study by "the washington post" found that the administration has inflated its removal numbers. my second question is how effectively has dhs protected jobs for american workers with the unemployment rate over 9%, jobs are scarce and millions of american families have been hurt. according to the pew hispanic center come 7 million people are working in the u.s. illegally. these jobs should go to legal workers. and securing the jobs for american workers and legal immigrants should be a priority of the federal government. each time dhs deports a worker it creates a job opportunity for an american worker. worksite in for
below 520,000, the marines below 186, 600, that puts us at risk. will we face the two front war? >> data analysis is ongoing but i can assure you i would never advocate strategy for this nation that would limit as to being able to doing one thing at a time because that is not the world we live in. >> thank you very much. i am honored. i worked with ranking member susan davis to promote military families. service members, veterans. and extraordinary benefit they have is the resale system. they operate in the most bizarre locations around the world. it is a really great moral builder. a way of showing our respect to the military. we have extraordinary facilities such as paris island which i represent. what is your view about military resale system? in light of budget restraints can we count on behalf of this benefit to be available? >> that is a very important benefit for the families that are out there. having served two years myself and had my family benefit from that high understand how important that is. something we will continue to provide. as we go through the process of looking at
has trusted us because we have and still are probably the wealthiest country in the world and we have a lot of weaponry so there is a false illusion that we will be there forever. but now that we are the biggest debtor in the history of the world ever that we know that this end is coming and we have to replace it with something. so it is the basic question we have to ask what should the role of government be and what does liberty mean? this liberty means something to us? are we frightened by it, and we feel insecure? to be whatever government to take care of us from the cradle to grave and make sure they will protect us from all dangerous? basically we are not safe because we have a big government, we are not safe because there is a lot of -- we are safe because people assume they have to protect themselves and one of the reasons we were given the second amendment to make sure we were safe. [applause] unfortunately in my lifetime there's been a transition away from the way we look at our local police, let alone the federal police. we have a 100,000 federal bureaucrats now who regulate
. but just tell us where you think there's a consensus. what i like to do is try to develop consensus. where do you think is consensus in next steps forward. >> i think there's consensus there is an enormous problem. i think the problem may be even greater than what the gao reports revealed. especially if you look at some national perspective, certainly medicare part d looking at that peace. from a national perspective, prescription drug fraud and aversion is an enormous issue. i think there's consensus the. i think there's consensus on the concept you can go after this problem just one solution. you have to be monitoring closely. you have to have a frontal solutions -- up front solutions. then you have to notify the prescribers. you need to notify the patient. you need to try to get the patient if you think there's an addiction problem into the treatment that patient needs. and then you need to do something to control it. and i think the lock-in programs, recipient programs is probably begin what cms is going to hear a lot of from the part d sponsors. so, you know, i think you could do thos
, 2010, article in "the wall street journal" -- quote -- "one widely touted solution for current u.s. economic woes is for america to come up with more of the high-tech gadgets that the rest of the world craves, yet two academic researchers estimate that apple's iphone, one of the best-selling u.s. technology products, actually added $1.9 billion to the u.s. trade deficit with china last year. so we develop these products but we can't manufacture them here because these companies prefer low wages in china. and on and on it goes. not just blue-collar, white-collar jobs as well. mr. president, -- and today, we're not talking about china, we're not talking about mexico. we're talking about korea, we're talking about panama, we're talking about colombia, but it's the same old story. chamber of commerce is back again, creating all of these jobs, until the day after the agreement is signed, and then we talk about how they could throw american workers out on the street. you know, it's interesting, mr. president, poll after poll shows that to say the least, the american people do not have an
think happened in the twisting of eisentraeger, the circuit court of appeals managed to use this formula to provide a result that indicates individuals detained on the battlefield, in prison sittings do not have the same rights as people would in guantanamo or other settings remove from the battlefield. this has an anomalous and puzzling incentive that if you don't want to comply with -- you house people on the battlefield. to house people on the battlefield seems to be putting the prisoners in incredible jeopardy. it puts those guarding the prisoners in incredible debt pretty and increases the risks of those individuals on the battlefield, the prisoners would have the opportunity to rejoin the battle if they were involved in the breakage of their bondage. so the court has found itself extending rights to the place of it stirred -- absurd extension, the denial of the extension of rights geographically to the battlefield and realizing by stopping here we provide persons and of not in the best interests of prisoners, and the opinion raises the question, is their situation by which we would
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2008 to coordinate the use of the spectrum, and in terms of the more recent identify issue with gps receivers, which was really only brought up in december of 2010, we have had extensive exchanges with u.s. space command about and also with northern command. the general's testimony before the house armed services committee quite accurately of land to talk that well you've got to train the way you are going to fight and so we have to be using the same equipment as we are using over there. the fact is we know where the training facilities are. we know where the proving grounds are to read today we operate under a very significant requirement to limit our power near the airfields and the navigable waterways. it limits our power sycophant lee in order to avoid any interference with aircraft or maritime receivers in our band. you can extend those operating limits to the base stations we might put near the military bases in order to avoid that interference because you know where the activity is going on. that's one thing you can do. there are other options. >> than my other question is ha
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heard of that. >> it's mckinsey and company. >> and you will be able to get that to us? what specifically are you requesting. >> they did an independent objective analysis and we don't know where it is. >> i just got it last week. let me be clear and the cedras is yours, too. we've been very focused on trying to improve and make more efficient our plans and mr. inhofe: mr. president, i'm here today to clear up a lot of misunderstandings that are floating around the country concerning the decision to have some of our troops not combat -- some of our troops go into sections of eastern and central africa to cooperate with about five countries who have been trying for 25 years to eradicate, get rid of a person named joseph koni. it disturbed me over the years that not many people care about africa. i can remember back when president clinton was in office. at that time i objected to sending troops into bosnia and kosovo because he was using as a traoepb do that ethnic cleansing. and i said here in this desk and on the floor, i said at that time why is he concerned about ethnic cle
, a former washington -- new hampshire senator judd gregg. joining us from new hampshire. here to talk to us about the tax reform issues and being chairman of the senate budget committee for a time. if we could start with the super-committee that is still meeting? in a recent article, in a "the hill," i want to take advantage of what you said. also, could you give us a perspective, now that you have been out of the purse -- out the senate for a while? this debate about tax increases on the rich, is that a fair way to look at this debate? >> id is not. i think your listener should appreciate just how significant this is. never before has an entity been created like this. we are a checks and balances government. the senate is, of course, the ultimate checks and balances situation. protecting the minority from the abuses of the majority. this super-committee takes us to a parliamentary form of government. 12 people. six republicans, six democrats. and a majority can vote on the bill. totals jurisdiction over the issue. then it goes to the floor of the senate and house and it must be voted on. a
, but you were going to win on this bill. you didn't need to jam us. you shouldn't jam us on any bill. but on this bill, you were going to win. now some of us think we were wasting our time because as the senator from tennessee said this wasn't going to become law anyway. we're sitting around here when we ought to be passing trade bills. the president asked us to vote on his jobs bill. i wanted to give him an opportunity to have a vote the other day. you guys didn't want to vote on what the president was asking us to vote on without any changes. but you could prevent that, and you did. look, let's don't change this place. america doesn't need less debate. it needs more debate. and when 60 members of the united states senate decide to pass something, it will pass. i think we made a big mistake tonight. and as soon as we all kind of cool off and think about it over the weekend, i hope we'll undo what we did tonight because it's not in the best interest of this institution or the american people. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: the senate sh
the way washington works that is really making us unpopular in the public's ievment i say fix "no child left behind," repeal it or fix it. but at least give us time read the bill and i object to this unanimous consent. the presiding officer: objection is heard. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the gentleman is recognized. mr. harkin: mr. president, i'll sorry that the senator from kentucky is objecting to our meeting. i say to my friend from kentucky, the one thing that i believe that both senator enzi and i did -- and other members of our committee on both sides of the aisle did -- to get this bill to where it is was to put aside ideology, to put aside ideology, to do what's best for our kids. i believe the "help" committee on both sides of the aisle -- senator enzi and i, on both sides -- have done everything i ible to move the bill in a considerate, logical legislative manner. we started on this last year. i say to my friend from kentucky, we had 10 hearings last year -- 10 good, long hearings. we had siewptz, we had teachers -- we had superintendents, we had teachers
you use? how do you describe someone like that? so in my simplistic way of looking at things, i have finally figured out at my ripe age of 64 that basically it's the little things and little times in life where you find out about swop's character, so i would like to very quickly relay a story to you that happened 20-plus years ago. being in a small state, and this was the time when you were the first lady of the state, all of us went to christmas parties tact, and hill lair and i were talking, and it was the normal dialogue. what's going on? christmas shopping, that sort of thing, and she said, what have you been doing? i said duck hunting. have you been duck hunting? no. would you like to go, and then the first character trait that i noted about hillary clinton, she looked at me, and with great hoppestty she said, -- honesty, she said, you are just like all the other men that say to me they are duck hunting, and do i want to go, but no one asks me. i thought, okay. honest, straightforward, you know, 24 is a fact -- this is a fact, and this is what it is, so the next monday morning,
justification is the best trees that i could use and as they been used at least twice before this >> justice o'connor in mississippi. >> that was in 82. >> interesting. that's why he didn't take craig v. boring. as i went to the other language. sorry, this is getting wonky. let's go on. today you said you think you would never be confirmed for the supreme court because of your activism at the aclu. what do you think is changed? to think it's the confirmation process are the politics are brought to you or something? >> just the process itself, when i was nominated for the good job i now have [laughter] , chief justice worker came to congratulate me. and he said, ruth, you know when i became chief in 1969, my confirmation hearing lasted exact way one hour. i said yes, cheese, and there's one word that describes the difference in that word is television. the members of the committee have all that free time to communicate to the folks back home, to impress them with their knowledge and they're not going to get that out. so that hasn't changed. what has changed is back in 1993 and again in 94 when
in the u.s. government accountability office. previously she was the director for the retirement income security and in that capacity managed studies on social security and pension policy and management. before joining the gao she led the city wide analysis unit of the district of columbia budget office and we thank you very much for being with us this morning. >> thank you, mr. chairman. senator franken, think you for inviting us here to discuss the effect of the recent recession on older adults. while the recession officially ended in june, 2009, the economy has experienced a weak recovery with unemployment still above 9%. older adults, particularly those close to or in retirement may not have the same opportunity as younger adults to recover from the recession and still a sure they would have sufficient savings for retirement. my testimony to the would present the work for the subcommittee on older americans wellbeing. our report which is being released today presents data from the various federal sources concerning the financial status of older adults. i'm accompanied by michael col
to consider calendar number 249, there be an hour of debate equally divided in the usual form, upon the use oring back of that time, the senate proceed to vote with no intervening action or debate on calendar number 249, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate, that any related statements be printed in the record and president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. reid: madam president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be terminated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to executive session to consider nominations numbered 129, 130, 248, 289, 341, 342, 367, 417, 418, 419, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 442, 443, 444 and all nominations on the secretary's desk in the foreign service and noaa, that the nominations be confirmed en bloc, the mot
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